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Environmental Law and Sustainability


This guide is intended to help you find information on federal and Arizona environmental law, including regulatory efforts and permitting, as well as broader topics that concern resource management and sustainability. For domestic and international water rights, see the Water Law research guide.

Getting Started

Environmental Information:  Research, Access, and Environmental Decisionmaking (Sarah Lamdan, 2017)
This book is published by the Environmental Law Institute. It is designed to help legal practitioners and researchers identify and locate environmental records, documents, and data. It provides information on best practices for conducting environmental research and tips on how to obtain information from nontraditional sources like government offices and open meetings.

Environmental Law:  A Legal Research Guide (Christopher C. Dykes & Daniel G. Donohue, 2018)
This research guide, available from HeinOnline, provides a comprehensive overview of locating environmental law resources, from state and federal statutes and case law to books and treatises to databases and websites.

Choosing a Scholarly Paper Topic
Picking a topic can be the hardest part of writing a substantial paper or journal note. This research guide is designed for students who are writing a substantive legal research paper and are looking for guidance on how to begin. It details sources selecting a paper topic, offers insight in how to check whether your paper will add new information, and provides a brief overview of legal citation.

Conducting a Preemption Check
Before starting to research and write on your topic, you must determine whether that topic has already been covered (i.e., preempted) by another author. This research guide details the recommended steps for conducting a preemption check, as well as basic information on and links to a variety of resources for conducting a thorough check.

Legal Citation & the Bluebook
This research guide introduces the Bluebook and other materials to help ensure your citations are correct.

Ask a Law Librarian

The reference librarians at the Ross-Blakley Law Library are happy to help you find or navigate research resources. Librarians are available 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-2pm on Friday.

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